Now Commenting On:

{"content":["injury" ] }

Posey day to day with nerve irritation in back

Posey day to day with nerve irritation in back play video for Posey day to day with nerve irritation in back

DENVER -- Giants catcher Buster Posey went on day-to-day playing status Tuesday with nerve irritation in his lower back.

The ailment prevented Posey from starting the opener of a challenging three-game series against the Colorado Rockies. The National League West-leading Giants entered the series leading Colorado by three games. Center fielder Angel Pagan (left shoulder) also was out of the lineup, forcing the Giants to confront the Rockies without two of their top offensive performers.

Posey, the 2012 NL Most Valuable Player and two-time All-Star, said that he probably will be sidelined for a couple of days "if I had to guess."

"Buster needs a day [off]," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He might need a couple. We'll see how he feels tomorrow."

Posey, 27, said that he hurt himself while taking a "funky swing" as he struck out in the seventh inning of the Giants' 4-1 victory Sunday against Miami. Though he suspected nothing amiss at the time, Posey said that his back stiffened after the game and during Monday's scheduled off-day.

"I really don't think it's anything super serious," said Posey, who said that he'd be available to pinch-hit if necessary.

Posey started 38 of San Francisco's first 45 games, including 33 at catcher and five at first base. He's batting .278 with seven home runs, 23 RBIs and an .813 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage).

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"content":["injury" ] }
{"content":["injury" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español